Fortescue reports reduction in injury frequency rate

The Christmas Creek operation in Western Australia. Image: Fortescue Metals Group

Fortescue Metals Group’s total recordable injury frequency rate has dropped by 14 per cent in the 12 months to June 30.

The iron ore major’s full year results for the 2020 financial year saw its total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR) drop to 2.4, following a number of safety initiatives on top of its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This works out to an incident frequency rate of 3.2 per million hours worked.

“Our company wide response to the global COVID-19 pandemic prioritised the health and wellbeing of our people and communities while maintaining our operations,” Fortescue chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said.

“It is a credit to the whole team that during these unprecedented conditions we also achieved an overall improvement in safety performance with TRIFR reducing to 2.4 at 30 June 2020.”

Fortescue completed a revamped safety excellence and culture survey, which was completed by 11,690 employees and contractors (96 per cent of the company’s workforce), with over 90 per cent of respondents agreeing that the management valued people.

Fortescue has also retained its commitment toward zero tolerance of alcohol and illicit drug use in the workplace, where it conducted 32,191 drug tests in the 2020 financial year.

A total of 0.5 per cent of the tests returned a positive result for alcohol and illicit drugs.

Fortescue’s TRIFR has dropped by 44 per cent over the past five years.